The Emotional Guidance System

'Emotions are the body's Internal Guidance System, also known as Action Signals...'

Try to imagine for a moment a world without emotion. No JOY, HAPPINESS, BLISS, CHARITY OR KINDNESS. No LOVE would be felt, no positive emotions of any kind. There would also be no negative emotions. No ANGER, no feelings of DEPRESSION, no GRIEF.  Life would be just a mechanical ritual from birth to death. So we should be grateful we can feel ALL of our emotions. Emotions are what define us as human beings...

People often sense that they have emotional issues, but don’t know how to get past them. The feelings that seem to be in their way are often due to their trapped emotions. They are usually amazed to find out that their emotional baggage often consists of discrete energies that became trapped during emotional events they experienced in their past. They are even more amazed to see how easily these energies can be found and removed and by how different they feel when they are freed from them.

...Are there some emotions you experience that you would rather not?

If you are like most people, your life has had its darker times. You have probably experienced moments of anxiety, as well as other times of grief, anger, frustration and fear. You may have experienced periods of sorrow as well as depression, low self–esteem, hopelessness or any of a wide variety of negative emotions.

In the same way that you cannot see the wind, yet you can feel its effects, trapped emotions are invisible and they can exert powerful forces upon you. Trapped emotions can affect you physically just as much as they can mentally and emotionally. A significant percentage of physical illnesses, emotional difficulties and self–sabotage are actually caused by these unseen energies.

What you may not realize is that some of the negative emotions you’ve experienced, even though you may have felt them long ago, may still be creating problems for you in subtle, yet very damaging ways. We can go into the past find the emotion that is causing the problem and eliminate it or change the perception to it. As more often than not the perception is coming from the event that occurred at a time in your life when you were very young. Your adult body is being controlled by the child mind.

Much of our suffering is due to negative emotional energies that have become ‘trapped’ within us. Studies show that when people free themselves of their trapped emotions they are able to live healthier and happier lives. A single trapped emotion can create both physical and emotional problems.
Dr. Bradley Nelson 

...In the same way that we cannot see the wind, yet we can feel its effects. Trapped emotions are the same.

Many people have longed for a logical perspective on the experience of emotion. Too long we’ve thought of and treated emotions as illogical. Feelings are nature’s built – in guidance system.

This system is designed to let us know which of our needs aren’t being fulfilled and motivate us to take the actions necessary to fulfil them. When we ignore our feelings, our basic needs remain unmet. Our lives become filled with frustration and stress and eventually depression.

Imagine having an internal voice moving you in the right direction, leading you to feel more satisfied with your life. This internal voice within us can sometimes be as soft as a whisper or as loud as a roar. It is an important voice, which, when fully understood, gives you a kind of guidance no other voice can. Remember your body is your friend, and it is constantly signalling you, acknowledge it and this will allow your mind & body to build a threshold to allow you to heal.

When we experience negative emotions and our feelings are not released the unconscious mind protects you by repressing the emotion into the unconscious. When the unconscious mind believes you are ready to resolve these issues it will present them to the conscious mind for resolution. If you don't resolve it, over time the pressure builds and this produces an imbalance/incongruence within the body (trapped emotion) and this can lead to eventual physical issues.

...Emotion results from our experiences and from the meaning and perception we associate with those experiences.

When we suppress our feelings, we’re suppressing this motivation, this pressure inside of us. We suppress our feelings by directing our attention away from what is bothering us to something else, usually something that we find pleasant or have found to be pleasant in the past. An example is the common behaviour of feeling down and then eating. Other people may feel bad and distract themselves with television, a movie, a drink, or even prescription and non – prescription drugs.

To bring back clarity within the unconscious mind we need to release the pressure, so the two minds can work together in wholeness to achieve your desires. You can also begin to become aware of your internal guidance system that has always been there, but which society and perhaps your family taught you to ignore.

Social Conditioning

Both children and adults are told that it’s immoral to experience feeling "bad". This is especially true if we feel angry. Furthermore, our society tells us that we’re ill if we become depressed. Again, we bury these feelings and deny ever having felt them in an effort to appear normal.

Children are also good at forgetting the events that have caused the emotions as a way of coping with them. This forgetting and pretending provides some temporary relief, but the memories of those experiences are stored in our subconscious mind, along with the emotions attached to them.

As adults, we need to develop a coping strategy which is more effective than the pretending and forgetting strategies of the child. If we don’t develop one, we’ll have to cope with all of the old emotions of childhood piled up inside of us, as well as the new, unsatisfied emotions of the present.

Typically, we handle our emotions through a process of distracting, by focusing our attention on something else besides the feeling – something like food, alcohol or drugs. But there’s a better way.

The Science of Emotions and how they Affect your Body

In the study of physics or acoustics, we learn that all things resonate, or in other words, vibrate. They have what is called a resonate frequency, a point at which they’re able to vibrate easily. At this point of resonance, they become energized. The principle of sympathetic resonance states that all things have some frequency at which they will vibrate sympathetically if a similar vibration energy is generated.

Sympathetic resonance is also the reason why an electric guitar on stage but not in use during a musical performance must be turned off. If it isn’t, the music being performed will cause the strings to vibrate. The guitar begins to screech, making a feedback sound similar to the one that a microphone can make.

Emotional resonance operates in much the same way. An event in the present has a certain emotional vibration. It can cause the sympathetic vibration of a memory with similar emotional content. Here’s how that happens.

Our nervous system is made up of water, minerals, proteins, fats and so on. When we’re in a particular emotional state, there are changes in our physiology that can be measured – changes in muscle tension, heart rate and brain wave frequencies, just to name a few. Each time this occurs, the changes are stored in the unconscious mind, along with all of our other memories.

This is the mechanism by which emotions from the past come to be stored in the nervous system, in the unconscious and subconscious levels of the mind and perhaps even in other tissues of our body – any place where there are nerves. These stored emotions can be recalled in an instant when something occurs that we associate with them.

...Memories and emotions from the past are activated when a current event resonates with them.

For example, if you were driving down the road and an old song came on the radio, just hearing it would bring up memories of the past with no conscious effort on your part. Perhaps you’d have flashes of an old relationship or of a specific time in your life such as a vacation. Your memories might even contain the emotions and feelings associated with them.

The unconscious level of our mind, where our memories and emotions are stored and our feelings are generated, are highly organized. They respond easily to what’s going on around us, activating memories and associated emotions by resonating with them.

It’s important to recognize that dissolving the pent-up emotions and feelings doesn’t mean that you’ll lose your memory of the past. As hurtful feelings change or fade away, your personal history will become mere information, devoid of emotional charge.

As a result, you’ll be much more in control. People will marvel at the change in you as you become more patient and calm in situations that would have previously caused you to "blow your top". Best of all, you’ll like yourself much more!

Dr. Eric B. Robins MD: Stress and negative emotions aren’t just in the head, they are stored throughout the body. Many of us don’t understand these emotions, and we don’t like the way they feel. So we repress them, holding them deeply in the muscles, tissues and organs of the body, which makes us vulnerable to disease. As a urologist in practice in the Los Angeles area, I see this happening all of the time. Many people are literally so cut off from their feelings that they are unable to realize their physical symptoms are actually emotions calling out to be heard, acknowledged and acted upon.

Dr. Samadhi Ishaya Wright Ph.D: It is an exciting time to be alive. We are discovering more each day about who we are and our connection with the Source of Everything. Many people on a spiritual path have the mistaken belief that our emotions are to be denied or ignored, and that truly enlightened individuals would never experience something so "negative" as anger or sadness or fear.

A goal of spiritual/human evolution is to realize the gift present in the feelings experienced in every interaction or situation. The first step toward that goal is being willing to allow ourselves the experience of the situation–even when it feels nothing like a gift!

Grief, for example, is a strong emotion – one that can feel overwhelming in its intensity. Because of that, many people are not willing to experience it, choosing instead to deny it, repress the feelings associated with it, and distract themselves in any of the multitude of ways. Both from my own personal life experiences and from my experiences as a hypnotherapist, I can testify to the incredible damage we inflict upon ourselves through this (unconscious) process.

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